Feeling a bit weary?
I for one agree with the song that this is "the most wonderful time of the year." But all the fun preparations, beautiful music, lovely lights, yummy food, snow, and cozy fires can bring with them just plain old exhaustion . . . and burnout.
J. Bryan Sexton is an associate professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine, and has a particular interest in resilience and burnout.
And what is burnout exactly? Well, the gist, as Sexton explains, is that “burnout, at its core, is the impaired ability to experience positive emotion.”
Here's a link to an article that might be helpful to you as you negotiate the last few weeks of 2023 and burnout in the new year: https://bulletproofmusician.com/reduce-audition-school-holiday-burnout-with-this-simple-2-week-exerc